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Of Alexandria, Virginia, died Friday, August 15, 2014 at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a member of the INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary for the past 30 years serving as Manager of the Gift Shop. She also served on the IMVHA Board for 25 years. Prior to her service to the hospital Louise was Choral Director at Mount Vernon High School, retiring after 30 years with Fairfax County Schools. During this time she directed annual musicals and holiday Madrigal performances throughout the Alexandria area which became long standing community traditions. Louise served two years as President of the Auxiliary, was a weekend volunteer with Select Seconds, and worked tirelessly many years with the Mount Vernon Hospital Lights of Love benefit. Her valued service to both Mount Vernon communities, the high school and hospital, was frequently apparent with visits of many former students stopping into the gift shop for heart-warming hellos and hugs.
Louise was born in Frankfort, KY April 28, 1929, to the late Dr. Porter H. Hopkins, and Elizabeth Sophia Scott Hopkins of Alexandria, VA and Somerset, KY. She is survived by her sister Margaret Scott Hopkins Hieronymus of Springfield, Virginia and four nephews: Robert (Kristy) Hieronymus, of Marietta, GA; William Hieronymus, of Falls Church, VA; David (Karen) Hieronymus, of Pinehurst, NC; and John (Laura) Hieronymus, of Gaithersburg, MD. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Joan Hopkins Farmer of Alexandria, VA, and Toccoa, GA.
Louise is a graduate of Georgetown College and received a Masters in Education from the University of Kentucky. Prior to her service to Fairfax County Schools, Louise taught in the Louisville Kentucky School System.
Louise was an avid Redskins and college basketball fan (UK) and in earlier years enjoyed golf, bowling, and crotchet.
Visitation and a Celebration of Life service will be held at the Demaine Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington St, Alexandria, VA at 1 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2014. Interment will follow at Mt. Comfort Cemetery, 6600 S Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Louise's name to the INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary.
Condolences may be made online at www.demainefuneralhomes.com  

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2014
Louise L. Hopkins
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